Biking The New River Trail – Friday, Jun 27, 2014
Summer Travel Map
A - Myrtle Beach State Park, Myrtle Beach, SC Jun 18-25
B - Zooland Family Campground, Asheboro, NC Jun 25-26
C - Stony Fork Campground, Wytheville, VA Jun 26-Jul 2
One of the main reasons we came to Stony Fork Campground was to bike more of the New River Trail. The New River Trail is a State Park. It is 57 miles long and its average width is 80 FEET!!! The State Park is really the railway right of way that was donated to Virginia to create this State Park.
Click HERE to learn more about New River Trail State Park.
Click HERE to see a readable version of this map;o))
Click HERE to see the park brochure and more detailed maps.
Last summer, we biked a round trip from Foster Falls to Fries Junction and back. After doing some more research, we learned that the trail from Fries to Fries Junction is suppose to be the most beautiful.
So today, we set out to check it out!!
The trip from Stony Fork Campground to Fries Trailhead was about an hour.
Lots of mountain roads with lots of squiggles;o))
There was plenty of parking at the Fries Trailhead and it cost $4 per car.
Getting Ready To Roll ;o)
Our bike ride was a round trip from Fries to Gambetta and back. It was just about 15 miles.
However, that 15 miles took us almost 2 hours as we stopped so often to enjoy the views!!
The New River is unusual because it flows south to north.
Click HERE to learn more about this unique river.
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The Trail is packed gravel and well maintained.
On one side of the trail is the river and on the other side is the mountain!!
There were little bridges and big bridges!!
There were places to rest and places to take care of business ;o)
There was a tunnel… A VERY DARK TUNNEL :o((
There were Memorials and beautiful primitive campsites along the river :o)
There were Wildflowers… Lots and Lots of Wildflowers!!!
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There was abundant shade and the BEST lunch spot :o))
But this ride is really about the RIVER VIEWS !!!
ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL !!!
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